Freshman Choir is designed as an introductory course to the high school choral program. It is designed to teach the fundamentals of choral singing in preparation for the advanced choral ensembles. Emphasis will be placed on vocal technique, such as breath support, tone, intonation, vowel production, diction, musical terms and symbols, sight-reading and musicality. These elements will be taught through daily vocal exercises and choral repertoire representative of all periods of music, medieval to contemporary. This choir will perform as a separate choir and will also combine with the larger MLHS Choir in performance.
The purposes of the high school choral program are to offer students experiences in the development of good vocal habits and to provide an overview of a variety of examples of fine choral literature. Students will refine their vocal skills through exercises and experiences in pitch awareness, breath control, phrasing, balance, blend, posture, interpretation, and performance materials. Repertoire will be representative of all periods of music, medieval to contemporary. All Choir members are required to attend rehearsals and concerts.
This course is only open to students through audition or by invitation of the instructor. This course is designed to give serious singers with fine vocal skills, the opportunity to perform musically challenging literature. The course literature will range from that of the 16th century to the present. Students are expected to have good to excellent sight singing skills and tonal memory. Moreover, because the literature is difficult, students are expected to have superior self-motivational skills. Because the ensemble must be a balanced one, each year students will audition for available openings. Attendance at all scheduled performances is a must. Moreover, students must be prepared to perform during the high school graduation ceremony and other school events. The instructor reserves the right to re-audition ensemble members each year.